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06 December 12:13 pm

At the conclusion of each day at the USSF Development Academy Showcase, the folks at US Soccer put together a highlight reel of the day's best goals. Check out the two Dynamo Academy goals that made the daily package.

Jose Rodriguez heads home the equalizer in stoppage time to earn a 4-4 draw vs. Varder (1:00 mark)

Bryan Salazar slices through San Jose defenders to put the Dynamo ahead 1-0 (2:30 mark)

05 December 10:44 am

The final power rankings for the 2012 season have been posted on MLSsoccer.com and despite the Dynamo’s 3-1 defeat to the LA Galaxy this past weekend they have escalated from No. 9 to the No. 2 spot. Here are their final thoughts on the Dynamo’s 2012 season:

Had the Galaxy on the ropes for 60 minutes, and you could very easily argue that the Calen Carr injury is what turned the game. They clearly need another speed option up top, but other than that this team is very, very well put together for a serious Supporters' Shield run in 2013 and, if Dominic Kinnear wants, maybe even a CCL moment to remember.

Overall a good and fair assessment of the Dynamo’s final performance. As victors of the MLS Cup there is no question as to why LA has secured the No. 1 spot in the final poll. Here’s what the writers at MLSsoccer.com had to say about the Galaxy:

Major League Soccer just spent nine months trying to figure out what some fans already knew: It's awfully tough to keep the Galaxy down...Best defender in the league, best striker in the league, best playmaker in the league, arguably the best d-mid in the league. And definitely the best coach in the league. See that picture up there? Bruce is laughing at you because he is Bruce and you are not.

Quite complementary of the MLS Cup Champions who sat in the lower echelon of the power rankings at No. 17 earlier in the season. Do you agree with their final appraisal of the Galaxy? Is Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzales the best in the league? Please share your thoughts below!

04 December 4:06 pm

Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear and Dynamo president Chris Canetti spoke with the media on Tuesday about the success of the 2012 season and what lies ahead for the Dynamo. Watch clips from the press conference below:

04 December 3:36 pm

While much of the talk at the Houston Dynamo's season-ending press conference was about MLS Cup and the future of the Dynamo, head coach Dominic Kinnear took time to express his condolences for the loss of a member of the soccer community. It was announced today that former Pachuca goalkeeper Miguel Calero had died last night after suffering an apparent cerebral thrombosis at his home in Pachuca, Mexico.

"There was some news out about Miguel Calero from Pachuca and I just want to say that when I read that story it was very sad," Kinnear told the media. "I think the Houston Dynamo should definitely stand up and say our wishes are with him and his family. He was a key figure for Pachuca during those games. When I read that story this morning it was very sad because I have great memories of playing against him and I'm definitely thinking about his family during this time."

The Dynamo and Pachuca played seven times in international competition between 2007 and 2010. Calero featured in all seven of those matches.

03 December 3:27 pm

There will be many positive things written about the 2012 Houston Dynamo season, and although the work by Dynamo Charities might not be one of them, it should be. Once again, through Dynamo Charities, presented by Halliburton, Dynamo players and the Houston Dynamo organization stepped up to give back to the community that has supported the club since 2006. Through the following video, we show you some of the highlights from this past year.

03 December 12:19 pm

Although no team would turn down the opportunity to play in the MLS Cup Final, the price of success means a shorter window to make adjustments to the squad for the next season. Now that the off-season has begun (and it began with a flurry of moves on the west coast), Dominic Kinnear and his staff must turn their attention to the 2013 Houston Dynamo squad.

The Houston Chronicle's Jesus Ortiz mentioned a few players who could leave the Dynamo via free agency this off-season.

Over the next two weeks, two drafts will take place during which the Dynamo can add players to the squad. On Friday, December 7 MLS will hold Stage 1 of the 2012 Re-Entry Draft. A player is eligible for the Re-Entry Draft under the following circumstances:

  • Players who are at least 23 years old, have a minimum of three years of MLS experience, and whose options were not exercised by their clubs (available at option salary for 2013).
  • Players who are at least 25 years old, have a minimum of four years of MLS experience, were out of contract, and whose club did not offer them a contract at their previous salary (available at 2012 salary).
  • Players who are at least 30 years old, have a minimum of eight years of MLS experience, were out of contract, and whose club did not wish to re-sign them (available for at least 105 percent of their 2012 salary).

For any eligible player that was not selected in Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft, they will be available in Stage 2, which will be held Friday, December 14. Any team who drafts a player in Stage 2 must negotiate a new salary with that player.

Teams are not required to select any player in the Re-Entry Draft. Each draft is two rounds. If a team passes on their pick they are done for the remainder of that stage.

Also, a player may opt out of participating in the Re-Entry Draft and have his rights retained by his current club. Last year, Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell opted out of Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft and was re-signed by the Dynamo.

01 December 7:58 pm

Have an opinion on today's MLS Cup final? Matt Pedersen and Glenn Davis are hosting a call-in show on KPRC 950 until 8 p.m. CT. To voice your opinion on the Dynamo's 3-1 loss to the LA Galaxy or to talk about last season or the one ahead, call (713) 212-5950.

01 December 5:49 pm

All stats are courtesy of Opta Sports

First Half Stats

LA Galaxy   Houston Dynamo
4 Attempts on Goal 7
0 Shots on Target 3
4 Shots off Target 1
0 Blocked Shots 3
0 Corner Kicks 4
5 Fouls 4
7 Open Play Crosses 11
2 Offsides 1
0 First Yellow Cards 0
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
28 Duels Won 26
51% Duels Won % 48%
198 Total Pass 213
77% Passing Accuracy % 81%
47.4% Possession 52.6%